What to Look For in Your Wedding Photographer – Part 1 – Style

Vancouver WA Wedding Photographer

Congratulations! You’re engaged, and now you are diving into planning your dream wedding. It seems intimidating at first, but once you get rolling and find out what you want, planning a wedding gets a little bit easier. Your venue, dress, caterer, etc. are all significant parts, but when the day is done, you’ll have your new spouse, your rings, and the images of your fabulous day. So let me help you figure out what to look for in your wedding photographer.

When you’re looking for a wedding photographer, there are so many factors that influence your decision, including whether or not you like their photography style.

If you have no idea what that means, don’t worry, that’s why I’m here!.

I’ve rounded up and broken down some of the most popular styles that are used to describe a photographer’s style.

I’ll try to keep it short, sweet, and give you some examples of what they are.

It’s important to note that some photographers consider themselves to be a mix of multiple styles, but hopefully, this post will give you an idea of what styles fit what you love.


A photojournalistic photographer will capture your wedding day just as it is, without interfering at all or directing the shots. You will get lots of candid, natural shots, from a completely different perspective than the traditional wedding photographers. Most of the time the photographer will be in the background, and you might not even notice that they are there at all!


Fine Art  

Fine Art photographers look for different angles, unusual points of view, reflections and creative compositions, while still capturing the candid shots and formal portraits. Using lights, scenery, and other objects to indeed make you image pieces of art to treasure for years.

Natural Light

Natural light is just as it sounds. The photographers use the available light to create their images. This gives a light and airy look to the shots. If you are considering a natural light style, pay attention to the time of day that you are planning your wedding. As it gets darker, experienced photographers will have the cameras that do well in low light, but if they are still building their portfolio, their gear (and the photographer) may not be prepared for the low light, and your images may come out grainy or unfocused.



Traditional photographers are just as it sounds. Traditional. Most of the styles that I’ve mentioned above include some sort of classic style to them. I tend to do traditional formal images for family shots. The photographer also is more hands-on and also acts as a coordinator keeping things going and everybody happy! Of course, we like to add a little bit of flair to ours.

There are so many amazing photographers out there to check out. Whittling down which styles you like the most can help you get going on where to start!

I love to mix all of them, especially while working with one of my second photographers. They each bring their own experience and style to add to my style.

If you’d like to learn more about my style, book a free consultation! I would love to talk to you more about your ideal wedding images.

Ready for more? The next factor we’re going to talk about is experience! Head over here to read more!


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